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May 11, 2022

CARICOM Out of Summit of Americas, For Now

John Briceño

CARICOM Heads of Government have taken a joint decision not to attend the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California. CARICOM’s firm position is in protest of a decision to have countries like Cuba and Panama barred from attending the summit.  As Pro-tem Chair of CARICOM, PM Briceño says the U.S. is lobbying for CARICOM to change its position. But for now, the position stands.

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“When we had Heads of Government meeting in Belize here in March, we made a decision that at the Summit of the Americas. It is suppose to be the Summit of the Americas, not the Summit of some of the Americas, and that it is important that everyone be invited. We said that we would only attend if anyone is invited.  As you all know, the Americans are under an intense diplomatic drive to be able to get us to attend. The Summit of the Americas is very important and we have not had one for some time now, since the pandemic. CARICOM wants to attend, Belize wants to attend. This is an opportunity to be able to address issues not only to Belize but also to the region. So, it is not a decision taken lightly. The way things are progressing right now, and with the intense lobbying from the United States, CARICOM will meet again. We hope to be able to meet tomorrow to see what will be the final decision. At this time it is still that we will not attend.”


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